It seems our budding official presented a little conflict of interest.
According to ESPN.com, side-judge Brian Stropolo is a big Saints fan. Stropolo hails from New Orleans, and he apparently had photos of himself wearing Saints gear posted on his Facebook page. When Stropolo announced that he was scheduled to work the Saints game, a friend posted, “Hey, be nice with those yellow flags for our Saints!”
Stropolo took his Facebook page down.
A league executive said that, “an appearance of impropriety” warranted Sunday’s action.
Apparently, the NFL didn’t trust that the striped shirt would adequately cover up the Saints jersey underneath. Can’t say that I blame them.
This raises an interesting question. Why do we trust that a black robe will cover up the U.S.A. jersey federal judges wear?Details